- On Wednesday, major stakeholders of the opposition PDP pulled out of Atiku Abubakar's campaign council due to the rift between the flagbearer and Governor Nyesom Wike
- As the call for the resignation of the national chairman of the party thickens, Bode George says If Atiku cannot unite the party, he cannot unite the country if given the opportunity in 2023
- Meanwhile, in the buildup of the forthcoming general elections, the ruling APC is banking on the fallout of major stakeholders of the PDP, a game they are playing quite well in the polity
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, has said that if members of the party cannot unify it at the moment, there is no guarantee that the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, can unify Nigeria when he becomes president, Daily Trust reported.
In the buildup of the 2023 general elections, George made this assertion while commenting on the crisis rocking the party during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.
Wike's loyalists pull out of Atiku's campaign train
On Wednesday, September 21, some members of Wike’s team vowed not to join Atiku campaign council until the party’s national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, resigns. But Atiku said he would not prevail on Ayu to step aside.
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Reacting, George said:
“Our candidate has this onus; he said that he is a unifier. If we cannot unify our party at this small level, what is the guarantee that when he gets there he will be ready to unify this country. Otherwise you will be talking of constitution.”
Bode George speaks on the campaign council nomination
He stated that he was not consulted for the nomination of members from Lagos state into the campaign council.
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The PDP chieftain added:
“Was I consulted for nomination from Lagos State? All the other people were they consulted? If you want to do it on your own, good luck to you.”
Nigerians took to the Facebook page of Legit.ng and reacted to Bode George's statement.
Sunday Ibritam wrote:
"Pls has Mr Reno saw this headline.
Onabulu Bright said:
"The God of the anointed one (Peter Obi) is causing more confusion & Fight in PDP & APC."
Adelabu Adeyinka Adegboye maintained:
"The likes of Bode George has proved to be too hardened to unify. They will beg las las."
Abdullahi Ahmed Ibrahim noted:
"Bode is not part of us."
Chinagorom Evans claimed:
"Atiku is a divisive figure... Mark it, he will scatter PDP."
Idoko Dickson prayed:
"May your crisis linger and give birth to a new Nigeria."
Choko Hope stated:
"It's obvious he will not; looking at his attitude towards the resolution of the internal crisis in PDP."
Full list of 2023 presidential candidates, their running mates, ages and educational qualifications
In another report, on Tuesday, September 20, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reached another milestone as it published the final list of Presidential and National Assembly candidates for the 2023 general elections.
The INEC list indicates that there are 18 presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections.
Legit.ng provides the full list of the candidates, their running mates, their political parties, ages and educational qualifications.
2023: How karma is hunting Atiku, Wike, Ayu, others in PDP
Many have tagged the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as a total failure because of the persistent insecurity and rising inflation, which has made the pockets go dry and subject the bellies to hunger, but karma seemed to be on his side and his party ahead of the general election.
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The insecurity and inflation have swept Buhari’s landmark achievements in infrastructure and agriculture under the rug, influencing the retired general’s comment that those who are supposed to talk about his achievements are not doing so.
The largest opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which is meant to seize the opportunity on the ground and hijack the power from the All Progressives Congress (APC), decided to play the tribal game and jeopardised the hope of southerners taking over from Buhari.